Saturday, October 19, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
It is kind of magical. So many wondrous systems are around us, like digestion which is pretty complex and cool. It's so easy to take so many amazing things for granted. Don't take things for granted.
And Nooriya way to not take this for granted. But really?! THIS is what you don't take for granted.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
I made a goal 3 weeks ago to exercise every day after seeing someone else talk about the same goal they had that turned into years. I've passed the 3 week mark and it's routine now.
Exercise isn't the only thing that's changed. My brain and stomach have come together and I've chosen better food to eat. It wasn't really intentional to "fix" my diet, but rather it has been a...consequence.
My point isn't really about exercise or diet or anything specific really. This exercise thing is reminding me that good choices start one day at a time. Good habits and routines start from a beginning. So do bad ones. Often, too, for me good choices lead to other good choices. And probably the same for bad ones.
I'm looking around me at my wall of pictures seeing how the important people in my life have changed so much over the days, weeks, months, and years. My walls of pictures serve many purposes. One of them is to remind me that things change faster than I realize. Do good now. Be good now. Think about what you have right now. It will be easier to do/be/think tomorrow.
It's never too late to be great! (I'm a poet in my spare time:P)
Thursday, September 12, 2013
I wrote about being fascinated by the things the golden record contained in the Voyager. I am so inspired by its grandness. It opens my mind further to the giant universe we live in. At the same time and probably more importantly, it reminds me of my smallness.
I'm also reminded to reach for the stars...literally.
Monday, August 19, 2013
"I have seen the future and it's still in the future"...the future of George Jetson at least. I'm not quite sure when that quote was written originally, but it us just as relevant now.
I'm rereading a book originally written over 10 years ago that is a compilation of the previous 10 years marvelling at the technology advances in the 90's and also making light of some of our collective notions of the future back then.
As my thoughts often do, they turned toward the family. In a week Yusuf will start kindergarten which just blows my mind and Nooriya is on the verge of reading and doing so many new things.
Yusuf is asking me so many intelligent questions and Nooriya is following his lead. The questions are getting to be too hard for me and we are frequently looking things up in books and Googling. The last few months have been very transformative for me as a parent. Much of my caregiving is becoming teaching and explaining. Less is meeting their basic needs. It's awesome. I am in the best place I've ever been with Zahra too.
I feel much the same as I have for the last twenty years or so. Feeling as if I'm in and just entering the best stage of my life.
Zahra and I think about the future as in the next six months or year, but I don't really think seriously past that.
This book makes so obvious to me how fast things change. I don't know if the author's intent is to push me to dream about the future that might be. If that's the case the author has failed because it is making me focus on right now. Right now is a 'simpler time' just as two years ago was 'simpler' and six year's ago was even 'simpler' and a hundred years.... Inshallah ten years will pass and instead of longing for a 'simpler' time then I will look around and appreciate the simpleness then. And Inshallah ten years after that and ten years after that and ten years....